Written on Dec, 11, 2014 by in

Under construction // Hello. I’ve recently decided to kill my old site. In the future I will post/share articles that are relevant to me (and I hope to you too), as well as keep this site as an informational tool about my musical activities. Thanks. Tom

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Written on Feb, 15, 2015 by in

  Sarah Manning and Jeff Boxer for the Content Creators Coalition We love Zoe Keating. She’s not just an amazing artist. Keating is an unofficial ambassador of good will between two cultures desperately in need of common ground – arts and technology. By publishing her royalties and earnings from digital music services, she has offered transparency that helps artists take charge of …

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Written on Jan, 26, 2015 by in

(from musictechpolicy.wordpress.com) Once again, Zoë Keating provides a leading voice for artists rights and leads by personal example. In her compelling viral blog post, “What Should I Do About YouTube,” Zoë describes a recent encounter with the demands of YouTube the definitive “new boss” monopoly video service owned by Google. She asks her community for advice in making a decision …

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For some years I’ve been regularly practicing my instruments on the train to kill time constructively (smiley here). In that case I sit in between two cars on the hallway. Most of the time the train conductor passes by with or without a smile. They validate the ticket and go their way. One time I got asked to play softer. …

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Written on Jan, 21, 2015 by in ,

“druk in de weer zijn op blogs en dergelijke levert zelden diepgaande informatie op; vaker leidt het tot een bevestiging van de eigen standpunten, even vaak gekoppeld aan een nog grondiger hekel aan de standpunten van de tegenpartij – haat is een kenmerk van heel veel blogs. Praten is niet hetzelfde als studeren of zich inwerken in een thema, en …

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Written on Jan, 14, 2015 by in

Lately I was blown away by this rendition of Mahler’s “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekömmen”. It is the third in a five Lieder cycle series where Mahler based his compositions on poems by Friedrich Rückert. These Liedern are for voice and orchestra or voice and piano, sometimes sung by female then by male singers. I first came to know …

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Written on Jan, 14, 2015 by in

FBReader is a powerful free (and ad-free) ebook reader application for Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Windows and Mac OS X. install it: for Android – Windows Phone – Blackberry – Windows – Mac OS X I decided to write a little review of it because I like it so much for its simplicity and functionality, and also because reading books is such a heavenly thing to …

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Written on Dec, 26, 2014 by in

“The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained to liberation from the self.”

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Written on Dec, 25, 2014 by in ,

  To celebrate the inventor of the saxophone Adolphe Sax’s 200th birthday, I decided in february 2014 to make an alternative list (and spend some sleepless nights – originally published on facebook) to radio Studio Brussel’s sax hitlist (lots of eighties hits here) which in my opinion forgot a lot of important sax tunes! I’ve also made a playlist from this …

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Written on Dec, 24, 2014 by in

from the book “The Bed Of Procrustes, Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb The person you are the most afraid to contradict is yourself An idea starts to be interesting when you get scared of taking it to its logical conclusion Pharmaceutical companies are better at inventing diseases that match existing drugs, rather than inventing drugs to match …

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